The Flower of Life, Coldplay, and consciousness

Someone’s gotta say it (in public, I’ve had this conversation privately twice now.) Anybody else a bit miffed about the fact that the sacred geometry symbol known as ‘the Flower of Life’ has gone fully mainstream on Coldplay’s new album cover? LOL I mean at least I haven’t got a tattoo, how many people are gonna get asked, “oh are you a Coldplay fan?” when someone sees their tattoo now? Like I said, someone had to say it. I remember when the only people putting the Flower of Life on T-shirts were either my friends or people I expected to soon be my friends.

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I don’t have any particular problem with Coldplay (I liked their song Clocks until Radio 1 decided to play it a billion times a day, but I can’t blame Coldplay for that.) And sacred geometry has been mainstream but underground for centuries, it’s built into ancient Churches, they just didn’t tell you about it.

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A few hack articles claimed Coldplay stole the image from one heavy metal album. Actually LOADS of albums have used the symbol over the years, even I had a variation of the flower of life on my dub and Hip-Hop album a year or two ago and countless psy trance albums have used it. It’s worth noting – mainly psy trance albums. They love it.

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Beyond that – it’s ancient. Drunvalo Melchizedek takes the most credit for popularising it, with his two books The Flower of Life parts 1 and 2 which became popular in the 90s, and although the animated web series Spirit Science may have reached more people (I don’t know the figures) even they admit they got their ideas from Drunvalo. I dare say most of the ideas in that series seem to have come from Drunvalo’s two books.

Okay, so my tongue is firmly in my cheek. I say I’m a bit miffed but isn’t the mainstream arrival of the sacred geometry symbol a good thing? Well seeing as the whole point of sharing it in the festival scenes and psy trance scenes etc was apparently to penetrate the universal consciousness with a symbol that accelerates consciousness evolution (or something along those lines, don’t quote me) I would have to say it is definitely a good thing (if we’re gonna accept ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as a paradigm for the sake of conversation). Saying “I’m a bit miffed” is just me being paradoxically humble enough to admit that my ego enjoyed being part of a ‘secret’ club back in 2007. I see the flower of life as such a good metaphor for everything from overlapping social circles like groups of friends to overlapping cultures like squat culture, festival culture and circus culture, that I can only see benefit from more people having such a powerful image in their subconscious. So my higher self is happy and my ego feels satisfied that 10 years of putting it in the public consciousness helped lay the foundations for this… but my ego is still a tad miffed.

What has meditation on this symbol done for me? It’s given me different perceptions. This dimension / universe is fractal, meaning small parts are reflected in the patterns of large parts – like the small circles make one big circle which could also overlap to make even bigger circles. Or everything is macro-cosmic and micro-cosmic, meaning the big is mirrored in the small. For example you can see the flower of life as cell division or as galaxy division. Similarly molecules form as variations of another sacred geometry symbol which comes out of the flower of life known as metatrons cube, particularly the 5 platonic solids and understanding the fractal nature of the universe may help increase synchronicity as you mirror changes in society with changes in your life but none of that cosmic waffle can teach you how to get over heartbreak or not argue with your family – from my perspective now real spiritual growth is not in the light of the metaphysical, it’s in what some people call the shadows of the emotional. But the deeper the roots the bigger the tree (another fractal image), one complements the other. I’m still learning.

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15 thoughts on “The Flower of Life, Coldplay, and consciousness

  1. I think it’s AWESOME that Coldplay did this! My Higher self and Soul tingled with joy when I saw their cover and then seen the publiciity that it’s gaining! Coldplay is even SELLING SHIRTS with the symbol on it! This means that the truth is being displayed mega mainstream now, and more people are going to question what this symbol is, and they will be REACHED with many adding more to the Universal Consciousness! AWESOME! Namaste y’all! ❤

  2. I’m slightly concerned with Coldplay’s use of the sacred symbol, as it seems like they’re exploiting its popularity within the transformational music festival culture (which I love), and diluting the true meaning with an over-commercialized mainstream mass-media mixed message. I actually know Drunvalo and had the FOL tatted on my back in the 90’s – back when few others knew what it meant. Now I’m a walking advertisement for a Coldplay album… great ; \

  3. I noticed the symbol during the CBS interview of Coldplay in the pregame show. But what is with the symbolism in the guy on the rights hands. This symbolism of “as above, below” type of pyramid shape hand gestures is a bit of a trip to me. It is usually associated with cult code. Anyone else have a comment on this?

  4. I think it’s fine that Coldplay and other Bands are using the symbol on their album covers if they like to.
    But I would hate it when people get in contact with the symbol now for the first time, and associate the flower of life as “The symbol of Coldplay”. And don’t know that Coldplay just used an ancient symbol there. That would be a shame.

  5. This sacred symbol is a representation for the pattern basis of all creation!! It is to be found in plants, nature, in cell structures, everywhere…. it is the very fabric of life!! To claim ownership is well, a birth right as a human, and as an individuation of Creator Consciousness. It is something that links all mankind, with all things!! It has existed since the beginning of creation, not just in the rave scene LOL!!! Rejoice that human consciousness is ascending enough to have this awareness available at the most mainstream event possible, let us all evolve our consciousness to realise we are all ONENESS!!

  6. I agree with pretty much everybody’s comments and opinions here, I am very much on the fence about this. Yeah its cool that they stick in on the album cover and present it to the masses, but the overwhelming majority of people will forever associate the flower of life with Coldplay, because that’s where they saw it first. It will contain no deeper spiritual meaning what so ever. The album cover isn’t really where I get the mixed emotions from, Its one FOL, on one album cover, out of 100,000 album covers with the FOL on them. It is easily over looked. I take larger issue with the way they presented it at the SuperBowl50 Halftime Show. the stage was a giant flower of life, it was on the drum set, it was patched on every band members jackets and pants. After seeing it presented like that I have to assume it will also be all over the promotion for their 2016 world tour. I would say they are most definitely using it for profit. It would be a mistake on their part to think that by using it they will reach people already familiar with it, i.e. the “Secret Club” depicted in this article. Most of those people know music and they will respect your music for what it is not for a symbol you commercially plaster all over everything you can.

    I wouldn’t even mind it so much if they had used even just one other sacred geometric pattern or symbol. Its like they were presented with a list of things that are becoming more mainstream in the live music community and said, “oh that one looks cool, lets put it on everything we can and then people will think we’re cool too”. Im surprised they didn’t use the stealy or 13 point lightning bolt.

    I must admit when I saw the album cover around christmas time, I gained some respect for Coldplay, as people, Ive never been a huge fan of the music, not that I would say it is bad. However, after seeing that Super Bowl show they lost a lot more of my respect than they ever had. I would be interested in hearing them talk about the symbol. For all we know the record company told them to use the flower of life to stay more relevant.

    1. “For all we know the record company told them to use the flower of life to stay more relevant.” Very good point. Let’s just trust that it’s all unfolding how the universe knows best regardless of the intentions. PS is all this increased traffic due to the fact that Coldplay played the Superbowl halftime show? I didn’t watch it.

    2. “but the overwhelming majority of people will forever associate the flower of life with Coldplay, because that’s where they saw it first. It will contain no deeper spiritual meaning what so ever.”

      Who are you to say that people won’t find a deeper, spiritual meaning when listening to Coldplay. Everyone interprets spirituality in different ways. To say the FOL should be depicted in a way that only you, or I understand defeats the purpose entirely. I say fair play to Coldplay for trying to connect with their audience on a deeper level. Chris Martin is a phenomenal person, so down to earth and connected with reality, and I have absolutely no doubt he suggested the placement of that symbol on the album personally. He is a deeply spiritual person.

  7. The ‘flower of life’ design is just a geometric design. For some it is a sacred symbol. But nobody owns it; therefore whatever powers (or lack thereof) that you attribute to it should only matter to you. But Coldplay have used it as a backdrop in the concerts, too, which they have dedicated to love and the power of ‘God’ consciousness in all of us. So it seems pretty apt.

    I thought the Superbowl dedication ‘believe in love’ was a complete act of rebellion in these times, and a wonderful sight to behold. Why that has made people respect them less is beyond me.

    Having mass appeal does not make something less special, corrupted, diluted, or less sacred; it can even make it more so. It only loses something if you believe it does.

  8. “but the overwhelming majority of people will forever associate the flower of life with Coldplay, because that’s where they saw it first. It will contain no deeper spiritual meaning what so ever.”

    Who are you to say that people won’t find a deeper, spiritual meaning when listening to Coldplay. Everyone interprets spirituality in different ways. To say the FOL should be depicted in a way that only you, or I understand defeats the purpose entirely. I say fair play to Coldplay for trying to connect with their audience on a deeper level. Chris Martin is a phenomenal person, so down to earth and connected with reality, and I have absolutely no doubt he suggested the placement of that symbol on the album personally. He is a deeply spiritual person.

    1. Actually it is paradoxically my humility that allows me to admit that I have ego and resentment. I am wondering whether it’s Cold play fans that are having a problem with this article or just people on the spiritual quest who have not yet reached the point of facing their shadows. So many lightworkers afraid of our own shadows, I used to be the same, I was not able to admit my anger, jealousy, or greed. Now I can admit it, but I don’t indulge in it. And I will not apologise for being honest. But thanks for the positive energy, love and light to you too. 🕉️

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